PM Narendra Modi dares opposition to declare restoration of Article 370 in manifesto
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday challenged the Opposition parties in the country to bring back Article 370 for Jammu and Kashmir. The Prime Minister said the government is constantly endeavouring to ensure the return to full normalcy in Jammu & Kashmir and it would take another four months or so to achieve that.
PM Modi also dared his opponents that if they had the courage to oppose the Centre’s decision to abrogate Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, they should announce it in their election manifestos for the upcoming election and in all future elections that they would revert to Article 370 and the government’s historic decision, taken on August 5, this year.
“You look at the statements made by Congress, NCP of late…They seem to be speaking on the lines of the neighbouring country,” Modi said, without naming the leaders as he apparently referred to Pakistan.
Accusing Opposition leaders of shedding crocodile tears on the issue of Article 370, he said, “I challenge them, if they have guts, declare in their manifesto for state election and future polls too, that they will bring back Article 370 and 35A, which the BJP, the Modi government scrapped…that they will change the August 5 decision.”
“Stop shedding these crocodile tears,” Modi said.
Wondering whether bringing back Article 370 will be acceptable to people, he said the Opposition parties will have no future if they were to do so.Hailing the move, Modi said earlier it was “unthinkable” that such a decision (of scrapping the special status) could be taken, and noted that only separatism and terrorism spread in Jammu and Kashmir over the years.
The scope for development of the poor, women, Dalits and the exploited sections was slim, he pointed out.
Members of the Valmiki community in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh were even deprived of their human rights, he said.
He also hit out at the Opposition over the issue of banning triple talaq, alleging they tried to see Muslim sisters did not get justice.
“But, I kept the promise made to Muslim mothers and sisters,” he said, and also challenged the opposition “to bring back the practice of triple talaq”.
Taking a dig at the opposition, Modi, without naming any party, said the “tired allies” can extend each other support, but cannot fulfil the dreams of Maharashtra and aspirations of its youth.
He also targeted the opposition parties for criticising the Centre’s decision to repeal Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir.
Today, unfortunately, some political parties and some politicians in our country are politicizing this decision taken in the national interest. One should listen to the statements given by the Congress-NCP leaders pertaining to Jammu and Kashmir. They think just the opposite of what the entire country thinks of Jammu and Kashmir. Their thinking is the same as the neighboring country,” Modi said.